In this thread http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=541231 most people are saying that children shouldn’t be expected to learn their alphabet, numbers, etc. at 2 or 3.
This seems odd to me, because I have always been told that I was reading at age 2, and entered Kindergarten reading at 5th grade level. (I remember that much - Mrs. Barnhardt turned me on to Beverly Cleary, Scott O’Dell and E.B. White. She was awesome.) I’m not saying this to brag, but I honestly do not have any memories of not being able to read fluently. (If I really rack my brains, I vaguely recall from 1st grade or so that some of the kids didn’t know how to read yet, and I felt sorry for them.) I was also pretty much always on the “gifted” track, so the other kids around me were at a similar level.
So to the parents and teachers in the room, or to those who do remember the learning-your-letters-and-reading process…what is the usual age at which a child learns to read?